Friday, February 13, 2015

Rights come from God, not government

People need to realize that the Declaration of Independence is still a full and binding document.  It is this document that says that natural rights come from God, and the role of government is to protect these rights.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men.
See, our rights, our liberties, do not come from government as Chris Cuomo, a licensed attorney and CNN anchor, said in an interview recently with Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.  The discussion started on a decision regarding same-sex marriage and segued to natural rights.

Judge Moore said, "I believe that’s a matter of law because our rights contained in the Bill of Rights do not come from the Constitution, they come from God."

Cuomo said, "Our laws do not come from God, your honor, and you know that. They come from man."

Judge Moore said, "Let me ask you one question. Let me ask you one question, Chris. Is the Declaration of Independence law?"

Cuomo said, "You would call it organic law as a basis for future laws off of it?"

Judge Moore said, "I would call it the organic law because the United States code calls it organic law. It is organic law because the law of this country calls it the organic law of the country means where our rights come from. And if they come from there, men can’t take it away."

Cuomo said again, "Our rights do not come from God. That’s your faith. That’s my faith, but not our country. Our laws come from the collective agreement and compromise."

Judge Moore said, "It’s not a matter of faith, sir. It’s a matter of organic law, which states, 'We hold these truths to be held equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.' And the only role of government is stated in the next sentence is to secure those rights for us. The government starts taking those rights away from us, then it’s not securing and it is defiling the whole purpose of government."

The founding fathers had an idea, and that idea is what sets our idea apart from other county's ideas.  That idea was that natural rights come from God and not man.  If they come from God, then they cannot be taken away; we always have them.  If they come from man, then man can take them away by creating laws. 

For example, if free speech comes from God, the government cannot make a law saying, "Hey, I don't want you to say bad things about our president anymore."  If they come from God, no such law can take away your right to free speech.  

It was this idea that set our idea apart from other ideas by the founders of other countries.  

This comment by Cuomo is crazy; it's dead wrong.  Yet the fact that it gained little attention by the media brings light to the fact that too many people have come to accept what Cuomo said as fact, and it's scary.  Because if he's right, then the government can take away all our rights.

But he is not right.  The founding documents were formed based on the idea that rights come from God.  So what Woodrow Wilson said is not true.  He said, "Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance.

What Thomas Jefferson said is true, "God, who gave us life, gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are a gift from God?"

The idea that rights come from God means that they cannot be taken away.  The founding fathers assured this by creating the Declaration of Independence, and then they promised that those rights would always be protected by signing the U.S. Constitution.

Then they took it a step further just to be sure no future government misunderstood their intentions, and they listed the natural rights in the Bill of Rights, assuring that no law would be made that would deny them those rights.

If rights come from man, then man can take away those rights.  The fact that this idea is appreciated today is what explains why some people are so eager to give up their liberties with the slashes of pens.

We are not free because some law was made or some document signed.  We are all born free, and it is the role of governments to protect our freedoms, not take them away.

You see, if the government can take something away from you, it isn't a right.  If they can take it away from you, it's the law.  They can't take away your right to be free.  They can put you in prison, but they can't take away your right to it.

Way too many laws written over the past years, during the progressive (liberal) era, could be said to infringe on human rights, because every law that's written limits behavior.  Some laws are made in order to create an orderly society.  But if it's all done in a democratic fashion you learn to live with it and deal with it.  If you don't like it, you try to change it.

However, if you are living in a tyranny, you have no way of dealing with it.  Your right still exists, but it's being denied you.  And the government of the United States can deny you your right by writing laws -- such as you have to wear a seat belt or eat certain foods for your own good.  In this case, you have to do as the tyranny says you have to do or you will be fined or jailed.  But no law can take away your rights, because they are given to you by God.

Too many people do not understand this, and it's based on this misunderstanding of natural rights, and our founding documents, that people are willing to allow government officials to deny us our rights by writing laws for our own good, or to perfect society.